Unfortunately, we weren’t really taught how to learn in school.
We were given homework, tasks and exercises to do. However, very rarely we were shown strategies to implement absorbing the knowledge, questioning it, reflecting back on learning, and arranging the information in a way to retain better.
It’s not the system
I don’t really blame the system though.
Just like many others, I had no idea advanced learning systems through memory techniques even existed. In fact, I was a skeptic!
So what can be done?
I believe the onus should be yours. If you’re an educator, it’s your responsibility to learn these systems and help students to the best of your ability.
If you’re a student, it’s your responsibility to take whatever learning you have been presented with, no matter how good or bad, and make something of it.
In both cases it’s essential to learn key skills to maximise learning.
Memory techniques provide the foundation for a powerful learning approach and one that significantly enhances learning ability.
I’ve also seen it level the student playing field with lower grade students matching the higher grade students in grades because they now had learned skills that gave them confidence and abilities to get the work done to a higher standard.
But isn’t memory techniques only about remembering better?
The answer is a big fat NO.
Remembering information doesn’t necessarily mean learning. However, the art of memory involves things like storytelling, linking and association and encoding abstract data.
Being able to improve these areas also means that it helps students comprehend information a lot better.
Building greater confidence
This also brings about greater confidence, self-esteem, and knowing that the student can tackle anything because they have an arsenal of techniques they can call upon. Whether it’s exams, assignments, or general class discussion.
If you’re someone who is a student, studying professionally, or wanting to learn a new skill, start with learning memory techniques first. It will give you the foundation skills to get your mind going and build sustainable positive outcomes for yourself.
The most challenging part
This happens after you’ve learned memory techniques. The question then most asked is, “How do I use these memory skills for my studies?”.
Simply knowing isn’t enough, we must be able to use the skills learned in order to take advantage of its powers.